Illinois officials agreed yesterday to ask the state Supreme Court
for a case review on whether the state can make retirees pay premiums on their state-subsidized health insurance. If the
court agrees, it could lead to a speedier resolution on the matter, the
State Journal-Register reported.
Four lawsuits were dismissed last month that looked to stop the state from imposing insurance premiums on retirees after
Sangamon County Judge Steven Nardulli ruled that retirees'
state-subsidized health insurance is not a constitutionally-protected pension benefit.
one of the lawsuits appealed the decision to the 4th District Appellate
Court and also requested that the Supreme Court directly hear the
Lawyers representing the state said the case is likely to end up before the Supreme Court at some point, and "it
would serve the public interest to have those issues definitely
resolved by (the Supreme Court) rather than being potentially subject to
multiple levels of review and the additional delay and uncertainty
attendant to such review."